I'm about to make a bad decision....

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  1. Gabod

    Gabod New Member

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    I'm in need of help. I'm torn between buying a SG faded or a S2 satin. I'm leaning heavily towards the SG, even though I know it is probably the wrong choice. I have never been a Gibson fan, but I have always loved PRS. It's like some sort of evil GAS has a hold of me and I can't shake it.

    Please talk some sense into me. I beg you.
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    What S2 satin we talkin' about?
     
  3. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    SGs are nice, I have a 2012 '61 Reissue SG.
    But...any of my PRS including my harem of SEs blow it away playability wise.

    SGs have neck dive, major dive dive dive, just like a submarine escaping a depth charge.
    I also find the neck width extremely narrow at the first fret.
    Fretting any chords in the first three frets is much easier on any of my PRSi.
     
  4. Gabod

    Gabod New Member

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    Probably a Standard 22.

    That is great info. Thanks
     
  5. aristotle

    aristotle New Member

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    I'll be the odd man out regarding the SG playability. To me, the faded SG is bullet proof and the 490 series pickups are great for my tastes. Although the nut width is slightly less, unless you have monster hands, I just can't see it being an issue. I've never ever noticed it on any SGs, so it's a personal thing I guess. Anyway, having said all of that, I'd personally go with the S2. More range of tonal options.
     
  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Tough call then.. SG's are good guitars, the only guitar I regret selling was a white 3-knob Special I had when I was a kid.

    Can you try 'em both out?
     
  7. Michael_DK

    Michael_DK New Member

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    I'd love an SG! hahaha
     
  8. Gabod

    Gabod New Member

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    Yeah, I can. The problem is I know what will happen if I do.
     
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  9. rugerpc

    rugerpc A♥ hoards guitars ♥A
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    There is only one right answer....
     
  10. Gabod

    Gabod New Member

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    If the S2 satin had that same made out of your grandma's coffee table look that the SG faded does it wouldn't even be a question in my mind. I don't mean that as a knock against the S2 because they are fantastic looking guitars. The S2 is close though.
     
  11. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    I came from the single coil side of things before playing PRSi. Our band went from 4 piece to 3 piece when the other guitar player left and we decided not to replace him. I decided to try a humbucker guitar to fill out the sound. Expected to get a SG, wanted one for the longest time prior to that... tried a whole bunch and couldn't find one I thought sounded good. Ended up buying a Custom 22 instead, and that was 10 years ago - still no SG either. There's now also a Mira though. :)
     
  12. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    I would go S2 for the tuners, excellent nut work, fret work and rolled edges. You're stuck with the trem though, but that's easy enough to block if you want.

    The S2 satins look pretty raw to me. The difference is you gave Grandma's coffee table to a better luthier. ;) The finish should gather a nice patina.

    You're going to have to play both to see which you bond with the most.
     
  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    That is not a problem. Just let it happen.
     
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  14. Gabod

    Gabod New Member

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    It's a different kind of raw, but you're dead on with the better luthier comment.
     
  15. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    What about a Mira? It's a little closer to the SG style. A nice core used, or a nice S2 new!
     
  16. Lee B.

    Lee B. I stitch my wings and pull the strings.

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    I haven't tried the S2 singlecut, but I have loved the balance, fit & finish, and neck on every PRS I've ever picked up. I've very nearly bought SGs numerous times. They have a lot of going for them: they sound amazing, have lightning-fast necks with full access to all the frets, but good gravy do their necks dive whenever you let go of it. The neck dive is what has always steered me to something else.

    I would say try both out side by side, they're both guitars most GCs keep perma-stocked, and maybe also try a faded V if the S2 doesn't do it for you. The faded V has a lot of the same good attributes of the SG, similar tone but perhaps slightly Strattier, and it is perfectly balanced. Hard to play seated, granted, but standing up, wow, it just sits right where you want it, just like a Strat or Tele but much cooler-looking. Had one for several years a while back, back when they had the 498/500T ceramic bucker set.
     
  17. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    I have to admit, SG's are fricken cool, as are a lot of Gibson designs. But, the shady QC of the G has kept me away from them.

    Now, when it comes to the S2 Satin 22, I have to say, it's a fantastic guitar that I'm loving more and more every time I play it. Acoustically it's very full across the frequency spectrum, which carries over amplified, with a bit of mid emphasis via the pickups. Very punchy. The split tones are undoubtedly the best I've heard from a humbucker guitar. If I had to pick one guitar for a gig before knowing what genre it would be, I would grab the S2 Satin 22 every time. It doesn't necessarily sound like an SG, but it is a righteous sounding guitar.

    I say go, play them both, and go for the one that you gravitate to. I don't think anyone would knock you if you fell for an SG. Just take the time to make sure you get a good one! Play it unplugged, make sure the strings don't sound like dead rubber bands, check for fretting out, play it for a while.
     
  18. Screamingdaisy

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    The good thing about buying an SG is that it will maintain decent resale.
     
  19. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Especially if Gibson jacks their prices sky high again!
     
  20. jay

    jay Happy Member

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    As it seems that you're more attracted by the look of the SG, rather than the sound/feeling, I would suggest to think twice before buying something you want to look and not to play.

    BTW, I've only played one SG in my life, the weird Zoot Suit one, and it felt great. I'm not sure if that feeling would have lastrd over the years though.
     

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